Young, Motherly & Child-Like

As Christians around the world celebrate the Holy Triduum (the most important days of the life as a Christian), I thought of the recent post-synodal exhortation from Pope Francis (In simple terms, the recent letter from Pope Francis) called Chistus Vivit (Christ is alive). It is a letter addressed to the young people (not only in age, but also young at heart). I would recommend it as a good supplementary reading in this holy triduum or in the Easter season.

Three points from the extremely simple letter from a Pope (simple letters from Vatican are not so common) struck me. I would call it as three invitations, which are definitely not new, but radical and missionary. The are the invitations to be

  1. To be Child Like
  2. To be motherly
  3. To be Young

Just as a Child able to bring life in the dead areas of people with his/her innocenc and cheerfulness, Jesus brought life (and life in its abundance) to the humanity steeped in sin. As we celebrate Easter, I think this could be the first invitation for us — to bring freshness and joy in the lives around us and within me, by not rejecting suffering, but by transforming the suffering.

Pope Francis says, “ for anyone incapable of tears cannot be a mother. We want to weep so that society itself can be more of a mother, so that in place of killing it can learn to give birth, to become a promise of life.” Jesus suffered for the sins and redeemed them, gave new life.

The third invitation (as I trace) is to be Young. The crucified Christ is not dead, but alive. He lives. He says to the young man, “Young man, I say to you, Arise!” (Lk 7:14). More than young being a period of life (16 years to 29 years), it denotes the ability to renew, to grow again. It points to a freshness. In the words of Pope Francis, “ Jesus is risen, and he wants to make us sharers in the new life of the resurrection. He is the true youthfulness of a world (even it is applicable to catholic church) grown old, the youthfulness of a universe waiting “in travail” (Rom 8:22) to be clothed with his light and to live his life.”

Christ is eternally a child. Christ is eternally a mother. Christ is eternally young. This is the invitation to each one and to the church in this season to become a little more like this Young, motherly and child-like Jesus.

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